Local Studies Publication & E-publication Awards

The Alan Ball Award is open to all heritage and community organisations involved with some aspect of Local History and who receive or have received public funding for the publication. This also includes lottery funding, e.g. Heritage Lottery Fund and Awards for All. In addition to local authority libraries, archives, museum and archaeology services; it includes small local museums, heritage centres and community history projects.

Background

The Alan Ball Local History Awards were established by the Library Services Trust in 1985 to encourage local history publishing by public libraries and local authorities. The awards were named after Alan W. Ball, a former Chief Librarian of the London Borough of Harrow, and author of many local history publications.

CILIP LSG has taken on the administration, judging and promotion of the award. This has always been a prestigious award within the library and information community, especially for Local Studies services, and the LSG is honoured to be involved with it. Traditionally, the award had been for printed materials, although more recently electronic information such as websites was considered. It is now updated, with expanded the criteria, so like last year we are hoping for a bumper crop of submissions! It is a great opportunity for the heritage community to celebrate and promote so many wonderful activities and research. Last year there were no submissions from Scotland and Northern Ireland, so it would be great to see the whole of the UK represented.

Criteria 

There are two awards, one for printed material and another for digital. Printed material might include books, pamphlets and guides etc.; while digital submission might include websites, apps, video, animation and some aspects of social media, such as blogs. We are interested in both the quality and usefulness of the content, and also how it engages the reader or user, especially new users.

The publication must also have been launched sometime between July the previous year to nomination and June of the year of nominations, for example in 2019 we will be looking for projects launched between July 2018 and June 2019.

The award is open to all heritage and community organisations involved with some aspect of Local History and who receive or have received public funding. This also includes lottery funding, e.g. Heritage Lottery Fund and Awards for All. In addition to local authority libraries, archives, museum and archaeology services; it includes small local museums, heritage centres and community history projects.

The Prize

Winners will be given a certificate, the use of a winner’s logo and accorded the title of Alan Ball Award winner, which can be used on promotional material. Sadly, there is no trophy or cash prize, but as previous award winners will confirm, it is a prestigious award that is very meaningful within Local History community.

Submitting your entry

Nominations close on 30th November 2019. For the print publication prize, we would like a hard copy of any item you submit together with a paper entry form to: Terry Bracher (Chairman of CILIP LSG) c/o Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham. SN15 3QN

To nominate your e-project, complete the form below:

 

Any other questions?

Contact Terry Bracher (Chairman of CILIP LSG) c/o Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham. SN15 3QN, email: terry.bracher@wiltshire.gov.uk or telephone: 01249 705515.